Maybe We Won’t (Silver Harbor) – ARC review

Maybe We Won’t
by Melissa Foster
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Publisher: Montlake
Book #3 in the Silver Harbor series
Part of the larger Love in Bloom series
Number of Pages:  286
Kindle Edition
Source:  ARC from NetGalley and the publisher
Contemporary Romance
Ages 16 and up
CW: alcoholism
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When workaholic Boston attorney Deirdra de Messiéres is passed over for a well-deserved promotion, she takes a two-month hiatus to show her boss just how much he needs her and heads home to Silver Island. But beyond seeing her sisters happy, home is not where Deirdra’s heart is. She has no interest in their family restaurant, the Bistro, or reliving hurtful childhood memories, and absolutely no interest in spending a single second with Josiah “Jagger” Jones, the Bistro’s too-laid-back musician and chef. Sure, the hippie is hot, but he drives her nuts. The guy lives in a van with his dog, and he can’t even commit to a solid work schedule. To make matters worse, he’s always around. She needs to get off the island, stat.

Jagger has overcome his own personal trials to place stock in life’s pleasures: family, friends, peace…and if he has his way, one positively beautiful, absolutely uptight attorney. Jagger knows he’s the perfect person to help Deirdra deal with her hurtful past and find her way back to being happy.

A chance encounter leads to deep conversation, and night after liberating night, Deirdra lets down her guard. But neither is long for Silver Island. Free-spirited Jagger has wanderlust, and Deirdra has a career to return to. They’re on different paths, and plans for a future together don’t stand a chance. But when has anything gone according to plan?

From the moment Deirdra turned her nose up at Jagger in Maybe We Will I’ve been waiting for their love story. From the outside Deirdra is a straight-laced, uptight, power attorney who thrives in city life while Jagger seems like a laid-back hippy with no cares or troubles. Of course, as is the case with most people, there are more layers to them both.

Deirdra is at a disadvantage; Jagger knew Deirdra’s now deceased mom who would often talk about her daughters, and Deirdra never knew about Jagger. Deirdra moved away from home as soon as she was able and never really went back other than very quick obligatory visits. Her mom was an alcoholic who spiraled into her disease when Deirdra and her little sister were still young, leaving a too young Deirdra with grownup responsibilities. Jagger knows, from his conversations with her mom, how much she regretted this and how proud of Deirdra she was. Unfortunately, Deirdra never got to have those important conversations with her mom.

Both main characters take an emotional journey in this story, more so Deidra than Jagger. They both have a lot to let go of and a lot to grab onto. And they both definitely need to learn the art (and joy) of compromise. These two can and will be perfect together if they’ll give themselves the room to expand their views of what they need in life.

There were times I was afraid this story would spiral into the “big city exec just needs to give into small town life to be happy” thing. Which can be fine and entertaining with the right characters, Deirdra is not the right character for that. While it seemed to tip its toes into those waters here and there, the reality of how Deirdra found her happiness is much more complex. She found a balance between letting it all go and having a long-term plan.

3.5 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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